Early Childhood Policy
Early Childhood Policy and Planning
leverages the new investments made by New York State to expand Universal
Pre-Kindergarten and improve the quality of early childhood programs. Such expansion
will help to better meet the needs of working families.
The Office of the Food Policy Coordinator was
established by Mayor Bloomberg in January of 2007. The Food Policy Coordinator
is responsible for convening the Food Policy Taskforce and coordinating the
efforts of City agencies to improve access to healthy food.
The Healthy Bodegas
initiative expands retail access to healthy foods in targeted low-income
communities, including campaigns to promote low-fat milk and fresh fruits and
Establishes a range of programs for low-income,
non-custodial parents (NCPs) in order to support their work participation,
increase their compliance with child support payments, and encourage positive
involvement in their children's lives.
Opportunity NYC is
a collection of three conditional cash transfer experiments. This
privately-funded initiative tests the impact of monetary incentives on family
and individual health, education and employment outcomes. For two of the
pilots, the incentives are substantial enough to reduce poverty in the
short-term in order to encourage families to make long-term investments in human
capital. The third pilot program, Spark, tests the impact of small
monetary incentive payments on academic achievement.
Based on a
national model, the Nurse-Family Partnership expands the capacity of the
existing NFP program, a national home visitation model that aims to improve the
health, well-being, and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and
their children through regular home visits by registered